Ocean Beach


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Staycationscalifornia loves piers. I think that is evident on our many features on piers. Where else can you walk on the water and view the land from the ocean. A place you can kick back, people watch, fish, stroll, or take just photos.
Our newest quest was the Ocean Beach pier in Ocean Beach California. Located about 7 miles northwest of downtown San Diego, The town of Ocean Beach is not only known for its pier but also its wide span of beach that is perfect for surfing, sun bathing, swimming or other beach type activities.

Here is a lone kite surfer taking advantage of the windy conditions on this day.

Kite surfer
Looks like the lifeguards were practicing lifesaving techniques in this photo.

Lifeguards

Strolling the pier you get a great view of the Crystal Pier in the distance, south you can see the Coronado Islands in Mexico, and inland the tower attraction at Sea World, and the wonderful coastline.

Crystal Pier<Cornado islands in backgroundSea WorldLooking south from pier

The OB pier is one of the longest piers in Southern California. Some say the longest concrete pier in the U.S. and there is a dispute of it even being the longest in the world. Either way it spans almost a ½ mile out to sea and has two arms jetting right and left.

Pier right sideLeft side of pier

It drops in the middle to make it lower than at the ends which is pretty cool as it gets you close to the crashing waves. There is a classic Café at the middle of the pier and they claim to be the best view of any café around. I agree.

View from restuarantCafe from pier

You can also fish without a license.
A short walk from the pier is the heart of OB, Newport Ave. Newport Ave is filled with life with its cluster of restaurants, shops, and bars
Don’t forget your pooches, although no dogs are allowed on the pier, there is a dog beach nearby.  Don’t forget to check out the tide pool at the base of the pier.
Tide pools

Parking seemed fine the day we visited with a large parking lot near the pier, but not sure how it is in the summer months.

Ocean Beach is a great staycation for the day, weekend, or even a week with the many attractions nearby such as The Zoo, Sea World, and San Diego just around the corner.

If you just want to take a day off and take a lazy stroll on the pier, walk your dog, or eat at your favorite restaurant,Ocean Beach is your place.


Left of pier close up
Looking at pier from beginning-Bicycle

http://www.sandiegocoastlife.com/attractions/san-diego-coast/piers-ocean-beach.html

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